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2021 Honda Civic Hatchback vs. 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback

Over the last several years, many automakers have chosen to shutter their sedan, hatchback and coupe product lines. Honda will likely always have a place for the Civic and its various variants and will continue to keep updating them to meet the moment. A comparison between the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback vs. 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback will provide potential owners of either platform with some vital information. The 2021 Civic Hatchback is able to offer some important advantages over its longtime Mazda rival – under many circumstances and with many of the available Civic Hatchback’s configurations. Meridian Honda customers will be able to choose among four trim grades when they are picking out their 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback: LX, Sport, EX and Sport Touring. Start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Civic Hatchback today by calling, 601-693-4651.

There was an era when hatchbacks were built to be as efficient as possible but lacked engaging handling and commensurate performance specifications. The Civic Hatchback has been bucking this history for a long time. For the current model year, the 2021 Civic Hatchback will be available with a single engine option that can be attached to either a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. All 2021 Civic Hatchback models will use a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. LX and EX trims will make 174 horsepower using the CVT. Sport and Sport Touring models will produce 180 horsepower using either transmission. The Mazda3 Hatchback will make slightly more horsepower at the base level, but this increased output will come at the cost of fuel economy – especially at the higher trim grades of both hatchbacks.


2021 Civic Hatchback LX, CVT Vs. 2021 Corolla Hatchback
Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.2-L, 3-Cyl.
174/162 Horsepower/Torque 78/74
31/40* Base Fuel Economy 28/37
46.2 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 23 cu.-ft.


Passenger Space/Cargo Volume

The 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback and 2021 Mazda3 Hatchback offer vaguely similar form factors. This means both have two rows of seats that can hold up to five passengers each. People sitting in the front seat of either hatchback platform will be able to use up to 42.3 inches of legroom and approximately the same amount of room in the backseat for riders to stretch out. However, it is important to point out that the Mazda3 lost some points with independent reviews for rear passenger comfort. All four 2021 Civic Hatchback trims will have more cargo volume (trunk space) behind the backseat than its Mazda3 counterpart. These figures even out a bit when the rear seat of either hatchback model is folded down.

*29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport & Sport Touring 6MT trims. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX, EX & EX-L Navi CVT trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport & Sport Touring CVT trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.
A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.

A photo of the rear seats in the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.
A photo of the cargo area in the back of the 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback.